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English writers. It will be noticed also that in almost every instance the name of the author is attached, and while the selections have been made largely to illustrate the language and its idiom, pure, noble, elevating sentiment has not been forgotten in the choice.
Attention is directed-to the simplicity of the written method of analysis. As a labor-saver, when it is desirable to have pupils write out or diagram the analysis of a sentence, it is believed the plan here set forth has never been equaled for simplicity and system.
Attention is called also to the general make-up or arrangement of the book and the clearness and conciseness with which the various principles are stated.
The system of Analysis, beginning on page 119, is not only simple, but also comprehensive. It is true, many more subdivisions, perplexing in name and metaphysical in character, might be made, but of what use would they be? The Author believes in simplifying the science, not in making it needlessly difficult and intricate for the learner.
The chapter on Punctuation will be found to embrace the leading principles, set forth in such a manner as to be not only interesting but also easily mastered.
Care has been taken to give plenty of exercises, not only in the construction and analysis of sentences, but also for correction; and among those for correction it will be noticed the Author has recorded many from some of the most reputable writers of English. These form one of the strongest arguments in favor of the close and accurate study of the principles of English Grammar. Such sentences must not be quoted as correct because used by noted writers. They tend rather to show that those who have written the purest English have now and then been careless or have ceased to be vigilant over their use of language. Few men-possibly none-have ever written in whose productions some errors may not be found contradicting the rules of Grammar, which in general have been the writer's guide. After a most extensive and elaborate course of reading, De Quincey testifies that he has met with only two or three writers who did not sometimes violate the accidence or the syntax of English Grammar.
The Author hopes this venture may meet not only the needs, but also the approbation, of progressive teachers.
ALBERT N. RAUB,
Remarks on Transitive and
Subordinate Conjunctions..... 109
Written Forms for Compound “ The brooks ran nectar,"
Subjects and Predicates ...... 132 Rem. 8................
Written Form for Connectives
“They struck each other,"
Remarks on Tense...... 75 General Remarks on Con-
Remarks on Participles....... 77 of Speech .........